First summit of the year

Well I can call it a summit because it features in Wainwright’s book but it really something to write home about as far as height for me. But, there’s always a but, I decided to go with the XYL, kids, mother in law (not sure what the shorthand is for one of those) and two dogs. Abigail is my eldest at 5 years old and Sam is only 3 so to them this was a veritable Himalaya.

Progress as you can image was at their pace and eventually I had an extra 20Kg on my shoulders as we went back into the cloud near the summit of Dodd (LDW-174). The summit is low at only 502m but the propagation into both Southern Scotland and Northern Ireland was in effect and I managed a summit to summit before the kids / XYL got bored. Needless to say the dogs didn’t bat an eyelid.

So I’m off the mark for this year and hopefully I’ll be able to get a few SOTA and WOTA summits in this year although I think I’ll avoid carrying the kids. The lake district is an excellent place to live and visit and I’m glad to have made some new contacts for the log and I hope it will help WOTA to grow and grow

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

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